The Campbell St burglars

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A TEENAGE burglar who woke his victim while raiding her home at 5am has been given 12 months at a young offenders’ institution.

Liam Folan and a 16-year-old accomplice entered the house in Campbell Street, Gainsborough, through an insecure door two days before Christmas and made off with two wallets and an item of jewellery wrapped up ready to give as a present.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that the victim’s partner went out to work just after 4am but she was then woken by the sound of the family dog growling.

“She got up and looked out of the window. She saw two males walking away. The woman banged on the window and the pair turned round. Their faces were partially covered.”

Mr Scott said the woman went downstairs and realised she had been burgled. She rang police and officers saw two males walking along Bowling Green Road. Folan was arrested in a nearby park but the 16 year old evaded detection until he was detained several days later.

Folan, 18, of Sandsfield Lane, Gainsborough, admitted burglary on 23rd December.

Judge Michael Heath rejected a plea that he should not be sent to custody.

Stephen Lowne, defending, said Folan apologised for what he did.

“He has no specific recollection of being at the scene.”

“He says that on this particular night he was given some amphetamine by his co-accused. He had never taken it before and he says it blew his mind. He cannot remember a great deal of what happened that night.”

The 16-year-old was dealt with at Lincoln Youth Court and given a youth rehabilitation order and 70 hours unpaid work.